The Symbolism and Sources of Outlander The Scottish Fairies Folklore Ballads Magic and Meanings That Inspired the Series

Author: Valerie Estelle Frankel
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786499524
Format: PDF, ePub
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[Outlander is much more than a television romance about a World War II nurse and a Jacobite soldier in a fetching kilt. The massive book series has been categorized as a period drama, adventure saga, military history, and fantasy epic. Further, those who look deeper will find an extraordinary amount of symbolism and mythology from around the world. Enter the world of myth behind Outlander, from the Fair Folk and the Loch Ness monster to the magic and lore of standing stones and the pagan Sun Feasts that control them. Reach into the original legends of culture hero Fionn Mac Cumhaill and the prophecy of the Brahan Seer that inspire parts of the saga. Discover the meaning behind popular Outlander symbols: heather and white roses, the dragonfly in amber, Claire's blue vase and shining wedding gown, her wedding ring and pearl necklace. Throughout Claire and Jaime's journey, they're surrounded by the literature and music of the time, which likewise offer a deeper significance. Claire quotes the English romantic poets of her childhood but also the anachronistic Robbie Burns and Sir Walter Scott. Later the characters encounter wendigos and ghosts, zombies and Vodou ritual, succubae, acupuncture and astrology, and much more. All in all, the Outlander, world has much more behind it for the discerning fan to discover.]

Outlander s Sassenachs

Author: Valerie Estelle Frankel
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476626650
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A time travel epic featuring history and romance, Outlander--unlike most adventure series--is aimed at women audiences. The kilted male characters, the female narrator, the fantastic period costumes are atypical of male-gendered television. Both the show and the novels on which it is based address issues most series shy away from, like breast feeding, abortion and birth control. Role reversals are common--the powerful Claire rescues her virginal husband Jamie from sexual abuse. When the villainous Black Jack Randall displays his genitals to the heroine Jenny, she laughs. This collection of new essays examines Outlander as an exploration of what it means to be a capable 18th century woman and what it means in the modern world. As Claire explores different models of strength in both periods, Jamie comes to understand the nuances of male honor, power and alternative sexuality through the contrasting figures of Black Jack and Lord John. As the heroes negotiate the complications of marriage and life, they make discoveries about gender that resonate with modern audiences.

Adoring Outlander

Author: Valerie Estelle Frankel
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476664234
Format: PDF, Mobi
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What is behind Outlander fever--the hit television drama's popularity? Is it author Diana Gabaldon's teasing posts on social media? Is it the real history reimagined? The highly emotional melodrama? Or is it the take-charge heroine and the sweet hero in a kilt? One of the show's biggest draws is its multigenre appeal. Gabaldon--whose Outlander novels form the basis of the series--has called it science fiction, fantasy, romance, historical fiction and military fiction, depending on her audience. This collection of new essays explores the series as romance, a ghost story, an epic journey, a cozy mystery, a comedy of manners, a gothic thriller and a feminist answer to Game of Thrones, and considers the source of its broad appeal.

Walt Kelly and Pogo

Author: James Eric Black
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476623007
Format: PDF
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"This examination of Walt Kelly's Pogo writings and humor provides a great little niche study for popular culture studies. Recommended"--Choice One of the most popular comic strips of the 1950s and the first to reference politics of the day, Walt Kelly's Pogo took on Joe McCarthy before the controversial senator was a blip on Edward R. Murrow's radar. The strip's satire was so biting, it was often relegated to newspaper editorial sections at a time when artists in other media were blacklisted for far less. Pogo was the vanguard of today's political comic strips, such as Doonesbury and Pearls Before Swine, and a precursor of the modern political parody of late night television. This comprehensive biography of Kelly reveals the life of a conflicted man and unravels the symbolism and word-play of his art for modern readers. There are 241 original Pogo comic strips illustrated and 13 other Kelly artworks (as well as illustrations by other cartoonists).

Outlander

Author: Diana Gabaldon
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
ISBN: 0385674678
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Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another... In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon—when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an "outlander"—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord...1743. Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire's destiny in soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch. She is catapulted without warning into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life ...and shatter her heart. For here, James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire...and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives. From the Trade Paperback edition.

1916 The Rising Handbook

Author: Lorcan Collins
Publisher: The O'Brien Press
ISBN: 1847178480
Format: PDF, Kindle
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A handbook to the events and locations of the Easter 1916 Rising. There are so many different versions of the story of Easter Week 1916. Lorcan Collins, an acknowledged expert on the subject and founder of the 1916 Rebellion Walking Tour, decided that it was time to put together a truthful and factually correct reference book in one handy volume. This ‘1916 bible’ will be invaluable to anyone with an interest in recent Irish history who wants to separate the facts from the fiction. 1916: The Rising Handbook offers bite-sized details about the organisations involved in the Rising, the positions occupied during Easter week, the weapons the rebels and army used, the documents that were passed around, and the speeches that were given. It details the women who came out to fight and profiles the sixteen executed leaders, as well as looking at the rebellion outside of Dublin. It also utilises three different resources to give the most comprehensive list yet of all of those involved in the Rising. If a relative of yours fought during Easter 1916, you’ll find their name in here.

History Homages and the Highlands

Author: Valerie Estelle Frankel
Publisher: Litcrit Press
ISBN: 9780692328071
Format: PDF, Kindle
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With oodles of steamy romance, paranormal time travel, adventure, and much more, Outlander is sweeping the nation. From over a dozen volumes to its newest incarnation as a breathtaking Starz show, it continues to delight, even with subtle, clever changes. But what was life really like then - from kilts and bagpipes to selkies and the fair folk? Who was Bonnie Prince Charlie and why was his campaign so disastrous for the Highlanders? Discover the story's roots, from Doctor Who to Brigadoon to Game of Thrones. Learn to speak Scottish, uncover the difference between Beltane and Samhain, explore customs of Highland weddings, tour Versailles and Edinburgh, and dive into the rich era of history that pervades this incredible epic.

Waiting to Be Called

Author: Claire Scott
Publisher: If SF Publishing
ISBN: 9780985977351
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Poetry. With photography by Joan Scott. Claire Scott's great accomplishment is in knowing how to make poetry out of every part of her life. She's patient enough to hold opposites to the breaking point, and then to keep going toward that frontier where real poetry takes place. Each poem in WAITING TO BE CALLED lives in a world where nothing's sacred and yet everything's sacred. Just when you think she's taking you to a place too dark to enter, Claire makes you laugh. And when you think a poem's too funny to be a poem, Claire can make you cry. Scott's a poet who knows all the dance steps, but is never confined by any one of them, able to tease her own unique electricity out of ordinary human experience where grief and despair, joy and happiness, tragedy and comedy co- exist, where every word comes to new life and means something that it's never meant before. "A brilliant, eccentric, unique voice with a range that encompasses childhood violence and a God who comes to therapy. Claire Scott's lean, beautifully crafted language dares to be cynical about the world but is never without a deep compassion. These are poems that will be read over and over again as a seismograph of our time." Kim Chernin "Just a note to let you know how much I love your poems, and appreciate your work. That you highlight and embrace 'the messiness of life in all its heavenly madness, ' is indeed challenging yet, helps us live a little closer to the truth." Linda Van Leuven "Claire Scott's poems are very well made. Familiar with the mad, yet stated so sanely." Richard Stansberger, Poetry Editor, Red Savina Review"

Summary and Analysis of The Alienist

Author: Worth Books
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1504019385
Format: PDF, Kindle
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So much to read, so little time? This brief overview of The Alienist tells you what you need to know—before or after you read Caleb Carr’s book. Crafted and edited with care, Worth Books set the standard for quality and give you the tools you need to be a well-informed reader. This short summary and analysis of The Alienist includes: Historical context Chapter-by-chapter overviews Profiles of the main characters Detailed timeline of key events Important quotes Fascinating trivia Glossary of terms Supporting material to enhance your understanding of the original work About The Alienist by Caleb Carr: In March of 1896, the mutilated body of a prostitute is found on the still-unfinished Williamsburg Bridge—the first discovery in what becomes a string of murders in Lower Manhattan. In an unorthodox move, Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt enlists a team to track the deranged serial killer: reporter John Schuyler Moore, with his deep knowledge of New York’s criminal underground; alienist Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a psychologist who specializes in psychopaths and criminals; and Sara Howard, a brave police department secretary. The group embarks on a groundbreaking endeavor of criminology—building the killer’s profile based on the gory details of the crimes to track him down and put a stop to his carnage. An evocative literary thriller and New York Times bestseller, The Alienist is being developed for a television series—slated to premiere in late 2017. The summary and analysis in this ebook are intended to complement your reading experience and bring you closer to a great work of fiction.